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Gold-Transporting Hydrothermal Fluids in the Earth's Crust

Product Code: SP402
Series: GSL Special Publications - print copy
Author/Editor: Edited by P.S. Garofalo and J.R. Ridley
Publication Date: 16 September 2014
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Special Publication 402

Hydrothermal ore deposits that are exploited for gold include both gold-only deposits, such as orogenic deposits, and gold-bearing examples of the common hydrothermal deposits types that are formed around upper-crustal magmatic centres, in particular porphyry and epithermal deposits. Fluid-inclusion data have shown that ore fluids of gold-only deposits are compositionally distinct compared to fluids of other deposit types. This Special Publication includes an up-to-date summary of thermodynamic parameters of aqueous Au species at high temperatures and pressures; a dataset of fluid inclusion properties and compositions from orogenic deposits of different parts of the world; several comprehensive case studies of different types of gold deposits and their fluids from USA, Brazil, Egypt, Slovakia and Bulgaria; and numerical modelling aimed to define key parameters that affect fluid flow and gold deposition at a range of scales.


Published online 07/08/2014. Print copy available from 16/09/2014.

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Type: Book
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Thirteen Digit ISBN: 978-1-86239-657-9
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 263
Weight: 0.85 kg


GAROFALO, P. S. & RIDLEY, J. R. Gold-transporting hydrothermal fluids in the Earth’s crust: an introduction

POKROVSKI, G. S., AKINFIEV, N. N., BORISOVA, A. Y., ZOTOV, A. V. & KOUZMANOV, K. Gold speciation and transport in geological fluids: insights from experiments and physical-chemical modelling

GAROFALO, P. S., FRICKER, M. B., GÜNTHER, D., BERSANI, D. & LOTTICI, P. P. Physical-chemical properties and metal budget of Au-transporting hydrothermal fluids in orogenic deposits

VAUGHN, E. S. & RIDLEY, J. R. Evidence for exsolution of Au-ore fluids from granites crystallized in the mid-crust, Archaean Louis Lake Batholith, Wyoming

KLEIN, E. L. Ore fluids of orogenic gold deposits of the Gurupi Belt, Brazil: a review of the physico-chemical properties, sources, and mechanisms of Au transport and deposition

ZOHEIR, B. & MORITZ, R. Fluid evolution in the El-Sid gold deposit, Eastern Desert, Egypt

KODĚRA, P., LEXA, J., FALLICK, A. E., WÄLLE, M. & BIROŇ, A. Hydrothermal fluids in epithermal and porphyry Au deposits in the Central Slovakia Volcanic Field

MORITZ, R., NOVERRAZ, C., MÁRTON, I., MARCHEV, P., SPIKINGS, R., FONTIGNIE, D., SPANGENBERG, J. E., VENNEMANN, T., KOLEV, K. & HASSON, S. Sedimentary-rock-hosted epithermal systems of the Tertiary Eastern Rhodopes, Bulgaria: new constraints from the Stremtsi gold prospect

UPTON, P. & CRAW, D. Modelling of structural and lithological controls on mobility of fluids and gold in orogenic belts, New Zealand



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